Archive of March 31, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 31, 2004

Pope appoints new bishop for Richmond

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo, until now of Honolulu, as the new Bishop of Richmond, in Virginia. Bishop DiLorenzo was born on April 15, 1942 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and studied at the archdiocesan Seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 18, 1968, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

More than 150,000 people to join U.S. Catholic Church on Holy Saturday

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- More than 150,000 Americans will join the Catholic Church Holy Saturday, April 10, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), reported the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Neo-Nazi bomber confesses after seeing 'Passion'

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A former neo-Nazi, who admitted to committing two bombings 10 years ago, said he was inspired to confess after watching "The Passion of The Christ", reported the Associated Press. This is the third reported case of criminal conversion credited to Mel Gibson’s film in a week.

Cardinal Cipriani says challenge for modern world is to accept moral order

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, Peru, said during a local radio program that the solution to the violence that is affecting the world and has turned it into a “tiny cage of insecurity” lies in the acceptance of the moral and the natural order.

Italian city where “The Passion” was filmed becoming popular attraction

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The city of Matera in southern Italy, where Mel Gibson filmed “The Passion of the Christ,” has become a popular international tourist attraction, with travel agencies organizing “Passion Tours” to relive the movie about the last twelve hours of the life of Christ.

Apostolic Nuncio exhorts Mexicans to live faith as a “true commitment” in face of increasing sects

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During his visit to Hermosillo to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ordination of Archbishop Emeritus Carlos Quintero Arce, the Apostolic Nuncio of Mexico, Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, spoke about the spread of religious sects in the country and said they “constituted a challenge to the Church to live the Gospel and the faith as a true commitment.”

Padre Pio declared patron saint of volunteerism in Italy

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Responding to a request by civil authorities, the Italian Bishops Conference has announced St. Pio of Pietralcina will be named patron saint of volunteerism in Italy.

Jewish brothers fail to stop release of "Passion" in France

Mar 31, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Paris court yesterday quashed a bid by three Jewish brothers to have Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of The Christ" banned in France, reported Reuters.